UPDATED: Returns for Texas State Rep. District 46 primary election race show Cole, Vela headed for May runoff

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Update, 11:35: With all precincts reporting, Jose “Chito” Vela and Sheryl Cole will face each other in a May 22 runoff election for the 2018 Democratic primary election for Texas State Rep. District 46 after receiving the top two vote totals in today’s race.

Vela received 6,209 votes, or 40 percent of all votes, while Cole received 6,000 votes, or 38 percent of all votes.

Incumbent Dawnna Dukes received 1,595 votes, which represents 10 percent of all votes.

Because neither Vela nor Cole lead with more than 50 percent of the votes, the two will face each other in a May 22 runoff election.

Original post: Early returns from voting precincts show Jose “Chito” Vela with 3,412 votes, only 50 votes more than the next closest candidate, Sheryl Cole, in the 2018 Democratic primary election for Texas State Rep. District 46. Cole trails with 3,361 votes.

All precincts closed at 7 p.m. tonight and more polling stations have yet to return official results.

Texas State Rep. District 46

Texas’ 46th House of Representatives district covers parts of Travis County. Democrat Dawnna Dukes is the incumbent representative.

Democrat

Casey McKinney

Experience: over 20 years working with the Democratic party

Votes: 312

Jose “Chito” Vela

Experience: former general counsel to a Democratic state representative and worked as a Texas assistant attorney general

Votes: 6,209

Dawnna Dukes

Experience: Dukes holds the Texas House of Representatives District 46 seat and has been re-elected 11 times.

Votes: 1,595

Sheryl Cole

Experience: served on Austin City Council for 10 years and as Austin mayor pro tem; served as PTA president; served on boards of Planned Parenthood, Austin Urban League, Communities in Schools and more; founding member of the ADL Hate Crime Task Force

Votes: 6,000

Warren Baker

Experience: small-business owner for 15 years; seven-year career in public speaking

Votes: 300

Ana Cortez

Experience: small business owner; currently serving on Manor ISD board of trustees; serves on Texas Association of School Boards; serves as board member on Mexican American School Board Association

Votes: 1,275

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